Tuesday, April 8, 2008

My first visit to a horse rescue

Today I visited a horse rescue for the first time. Although I have many stories to relate (and therefore many different blog posts coming in the next few days), right now I want to describe what the experience was like.

But first, let me preface that by saying that I usually find animal shelters (i.e. cats and dogs) difficult to visit. I can't walk in and see all those animals in cages, barking or meowing pitifully, without wanting to take home at least one.

The horse rescue I visited was very different. It surprised me, but it felt like such a happy place, even though many of the horses came from kill auctions and neglectful owners. It wasn't overcrowded or anything — even full, there was plenty of room for all of the horses. All of the horses were turned out into pasture during the day, and were returned to their own stalls at night.

Some of the horses were recovering from injuries, but most were pretty healthy. The woman who manages the facility trains them and finds them homes, so rather than being a last refuge for them, it's more like a stopover while they wait for a new home.

For most of the horses, that is. Some of the horses belong to the manager, and others aren't likely to find a home any time soon. I'll blog about some of both in future posts.

My visit to a horse rescue



At April 17, 2008 at 1:48 AM, Blogger chris said...

I think you might have had a great in that place...
Although there are many horse rescue agencies, the fact is that they do not initiate to meet the needs of the huge number of unwanted horses.

At April 17, 2008 at 12:22 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks for visiting, Chris.

I agree, there are not enough horse rescue agencies to take care of all the unwanted horses. Many are still being shipped to Mexico and Canada for slaughter, while others are still with their owners, being severely neglected and abused.

Still, it cheers me to find that there are places like the rescue I visited. While we can't forget about the hundreds of thousands of horses who still need rescuing, it's heartening to see a rescue like this one doing everything they can to help.


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